Michael Pierce

With 2019 roster uncertain, next generation of Ravens defensive stars prepares to take the lead

With 2019 roster uncertain, next generation of Ravens defensive stars prepares to take the lead

If it were up to Matthew Judon, nothing would change. The Ravens would re-sign his linebacking pals, C.J. Mosley and Terrell Suggs, and they’d take another shot at leading the NFL in total defense with “the whole shebada back.”

But the gifted young pass rusher understands such continuity cannot be counted on in the line of work he’s chosen. He knows change — in the form of free-agent departures, cost-cutting moves and retirements — could blow through the Ravens’ locker room, and especially through the team’s fierce, versatile defense.

“It’s never going to be the same,” Judon said as he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers the day after a season-ending playoff loss to...

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